9 September 2006
Investigation into East Rail insulator short-circuit
In response to media enquiries, a KCRC spokesman said, "Investigation into the short-circuit of an insulator at 1:38 pm today causing disruption of East Rail services has identified the preliminary cause." It is found that short-circuit was caused by a combination of very heavy rainfall at the time and water penetrating into the insular protection. At the time of the incident, safety devices operated to protect all East Rail passengers, but it took time to take the affected train out of service.
"Investigation continues into the reason for the breach of protective systems intended to prevent water penetration. The insulators are of a well proven type and the insulator which failed had been in satisfactory service for some time, well within the manufacturers’ permissible life span," he said.
KCRC again apologizes to those passengers inconvenienced or in any way discomforted as a result of the disruption.